In our office, we often talk about the 3 types of stress that interfere with your body’s ability to heal, adapt & recover: physical stress, emotional stress, chemical stress.
Each and every one of these stressors disrupts your body’s ability to heal, adapt and recover. Regular chiropractic adjustments help your body to counteract these stressors of daily life!
We all know activity is important, but did you know that YOUR physical activity habits may be able to influence your child's physical activity level?
A study out the University of Essex in England had children perform a simple running test and were asked questions about their parents' perceived activity levels and fitness habits. The ones that knew at least one of their parents did some sort of physical activity or sport were more likely to meet and/or exceed the health-related fitness standards. When they knew both parents were physically active, they were even more likely to perform better than their peers on the physical tests.
Children who said their parents do almost no physical activity had a 50% greater risk of being unfit than children with more physically active parents.
What does this tell us?
In an ideal world, you'll spend your free time doing physical activity with your kids, but this study tells us that even if your child just OBSERVES you doing some form of physical activity, it can have an effect on them and their endurance, athletic ability and motivation to MOVE!
1. Voss, Christine & Sandercock, Gavin. (2012). Associations Between Perceived Parental Physical Activity and Aerobic Fitness in Schoolchildren. Journal of physical activity & health. 10. 10.1123/jpah.10.3.397. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229436048_Associations_Between_Perceived_Parental_Physical_Activity_and_Aerobic_Fitness_in_Schoolchildren)
What is the psoas?
What causes problems with the psoas?
Psoas dysfunction can present in many different ways, but will most commonly present as anterior hip and/or lower back pain. It can refer pain or discomfort to the anterior thigh. Common ways of irritating or aggravating the psoas are prolonged sitting (hello office workers!), sports that involve increased hip flexor motions (soccer, dance, gymnastics, hockey, etc). (1) In yoga and other eastern-based healthcare practices, the psoas muscle is said to “hold our stress” - this actually has a neurological basis: when we are stressed out, our body goes into a sympathetic or fight/flight response, which causes us to slightly bend forward or flex at our trunk. (Our body instinctively does this to protect us because it thinks we’re in danger.) When our body remains in this stressed-out state, our psoas muscle remains contracted, and sets the stage for problems with our body, bad posture, injuries or general dysfunction.
How do you know if you have a problem with your psoas?
1. Sajko S, Stuber K. Psoas Major: a case report and review of its anatomy, biomechanics, and clinical implications. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2009;53(4):311–318.
Dr. Cristina shares some insight about the benefits of Chiropractic as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle!